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review 2019-02-06 03:27
Unlikely doesn't begin to describe the heroes of this debut PI novel
The Lion's Tale - Luna Miller

“What did he say? Think. Try to remember. It might be very important.” Gunvor struggles to hide her impatience.

 

“Something about how even your dreams can be dangerous. About how I should keep my dreams as just dreams. And that if you try to make a dream come true you can mess up everything. You can ruin your life. That’s what he said. That your whole life can be destroyed.”

 

Gunvor Strom hooked me almost immediately -- she's a feisty woman in her 60s who we meet as she's helping a young woman deal with a handful of teen males harassing her. She's creative, crafty, wily and ruthless in this, and it's a great way to bring in an audience.

 

We quickly learn that Gunvor is a rookie Private Investigator, forced to leave her career and changing her life after a divorce, she signs on to a Private Investigative Agency and mostly does grunt work -- but does get the opportunity to do some investigative work. As much as she misses her old life, she relishes this new one (although she might like joints that are a little less painful).

 

Gunvor is assigned to find out what's behind a husband's odd behavior -- the client, his wife, adamantly refuses to accept the idea that he's being unfaithful, but his behavior is different and troubling. Gunvor isn't on the case for long before she decides she could use a few more eyeballs -- so she recruits, oddly enough, Elin (the young woman above) and David -- the ringleader of those harassing her. She's a student, he's unemployed -- and both need something in their life to care about, neither one of them realized that they were interested in investigative work.

 

Really, this book has two stories -- one is the investigation into this man -- and things get violent shortly after the trio gets to work. It's at this point that the husband talks about the potential of dreams to destroy your life. If anything, this violence causes Gunvor and the rest to work harder -- not long afterwards there's a murder and the number and types of criminal activity that they're investigating grows and grows.

 

The other story is following the development of Gunvor as an investigator and her two young protégés. Elin discovers sides to her personality that surprise her (and Gunvor, actually), and really comes out of her shell. David, on the other hand, response to the trust and responsibility given him by rising to the occasion and even maturing a little bit. Now, none of these characters grow perfectly or in a straight line -- there are ups and downs to this development == and the suggestion is that this will continue after this book.

Both stories are wholly satisfying and serve each other well. The conclusion is as tense and taught as you can hope for, and at a certain point, you'll forget that the trio you're rooting for aren't the kind of detectives you're used to, all you know is that you're hoping they survive.

 

This book, time and time again, came so close to wowing me -- the clever twists, the dramatic turns, character development, and so on -- but almost every time that Miller brushed against "great" she ended up settling a few notches down at being really good. Is it possible that if this was written in English, or set somewhere that I understood more than Stockholm that I'd be able to appreciate more nuances and rate it higher? Absolutely. But it wasn't, so I can wish I understood what it means for someone to be from X neighborhood/district versus Y, and missing other things that don't come through the translation as cleanly as they might.

 

ON the whole, this was just a pleasure to read -- it grabbed my interest from the beginning and never let go. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for the sequels, I can assure you, and I expect most readers will find the book as compelling.

 

LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

 

2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2019/02/05/the-lions-tail-by-luna-miller-aidan-isherwood-translator-unlikely-doesnt-begin-to-describe-the-heroes-of-this-debut-pi-novel
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text 2019-01-31 21:57
My January 2019
Die Farben des Blutes, Band 1: Die rote Königin - Victoria Aveyard,Birgit Schmitz
Manga Classics: Macbeth - Crystal Chan
Stitching Snow - R.C. Lewis
Wie Monde so silbern (Luna-Chroniken, #1) - Marissa Meyer
Die Farben des Blutes - 4 stars
Manga Classics: Macbeth - 3 stars
Stitching Snow - 4 stars
Wie Monde so silbern - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month:

Wie Monde so silbern

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet:

Still, Spindle, Wahrheit gegen Wahrheit

 

Random ramblings:

I have come to the realization that 4 books is a totally fine number. It's enough. It would be great to read more BUT I'm fine with it. I also love the fact that I'm part of this wonderful Theme Thieves group on goodreads, cause with the monthly theme I finally grab books that I have lying around for forever and never picked up. On the other side, I have lots of Netgalley ebooks that I'M REALLY slacking on. If I can find a balance between these two, it would be perfect. (It would also be great if I would stop requesting more books.)

 
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review 2019-01-31 16:22
Wie Monde so Silbern // Cinder!!!
Wie Monde so silbern (Luna-Chroniken, #1) - Marissa Meyer

german and english review (spoilerfree)
audiobook on audible

 

Es ist schon eine Weile her, 3 Jahre um genau zu sein, als ich das Buch zum ersten Mal gelesen habe, danach habe ich darauf gewartet, dass auch der Rest als Taschenbuch veröffentlicht wird, doch das ist bis heute nicht passiert. Dann hab ich die Serie ein bisschen vergessen. Im Januar war hier auf der Theme Thieves Gruppe das Thema "Retellings" und ich hab sofort wieder an die Serie denken müssen und daran, dass ich sie gerne über das erste Buch hinaus lesen möchte. Oder eben anhören, denn ich hab sie bei Audible gefunden und gleich mein Guthaben dafür genutzt. Jetzt ist der Januar zwar vorbei und Theme Thieves hat ein neues Thema, trotzdem werde ich auf jedenfall die Serie auf Audible weiter hören.

 

Inhalt: Cinder lebt bei ihrer Stiefmutter und ihren zwei Stiefschwestern, arbeitet als Mechanikerin und versucht gegen alle Widerstände, sich nicht unterkriegen zu lassen. Als eines Tages in unauffälliger Kleidung niemand anderes als Prinz Kai an ihrem Marktstand auftaucht, wirft das unzählige Fragen auf: Warum braucht der Prinz ihre Hilfe? Und was hat es mit dem plötzlichen Besuch der Königin von Luna auf sich, die Prinz Kai unbedingt heiraten will? Die Ereignisse überschlagen sich, bis sie in dem großen Ball, auf dem Cinder sich einschmuggelt, ihren Höhepunkt finden. Und diesmal wird Cinder mehr verlieren als nur ihren Schuh...

 

Meine Bewertung: Es war beim zweiten Mal genauso schön wie beim ersten Mal.

 

Cinder. Ich finde Cinder so einen wunderbaren Hauptcharakter. Ich mag sie einfach unheimlich gerne. Sie ist großartig.

 

Und all die Leute um sie rum, ich liebe ihre Freundschaft zu Iko. Ich liebe ihre Beziehung zu Peony (PEONY. Mein Baby. Sie hat einfach was viel viel viel besseres verdient als das was ihr passiert ist. Es bricht mir einfach immer wieder das Herz wenn ich daran denken). Ich finde Cinders Momente mit Kai einfach unheimlich schön. Die zwei süßen Idioten haben einfach so viele tolle Momente. Und Momente die mir das Hez brechen. Und dann natürlich Cinder und Erland, ich mag die Szenen mit den Beiden einfach so besonders gerne, weil wir durch ihn so viel über Cinder erfahren konnten, Dinge, die selbst sie nicht wusste.

 

Es gibt einfach so viele Charaktere die ich in dem Buch liebe. Aber es gibt auch genauso viele die ich einfach unerträglich finde. Adri und Pearl. Natürlich müssen die Beiden fies und unaustehlich sein. Und auch Levana muss einfach abgrundtief böse sein. Sie machen ihre Sache eindeutig gut als Bösewichte LOL

 

Zum Schluss möchte ich noch erwähnen, da ich das Buch ja als Hörbuch gehört habe. Ich hatte am Anfang meine Schwierigkeiten mich mit der Vorleserin anzufreunden, muss aber sagen, dass es nicht lange gedauert hat bis sie mich dann überzeugt hat. Sie hat ihren Job unheimlich gut gemacht.

 

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It's been a hot minute, 3 years to be exact, since I last read this book. Back then I wanted to wait for the paperbacks to be published in germany, but that never happened, and I kinda forgot a bit about the series. In january the theme for the Theme Thieves group here on goodreads was "Retellings" and this series was the first thing that I thought of reading. Or well, listening to, cause I saw that the whole series was on audible and I got the books right away. Cause even though january is over and there is a new theme for the Theme Thieves group, I'm going to continue and finish listening to this series on audible.

 

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.

 

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.

 

But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

 

My review: It was just as amazing the second time around as it was the first time I read it.

 

Cinder. I just think she is the most amazing main character. I just love her. She's all kinds of awesome.

 

And all the characters around her. I love her friendship with Iko. I love her relationship with Peony (PEONY. My baby. She just deserved much much much more than what she got. It just breaks my heart everytime I think about what happened to her). I love Cinders moments with Kai, they are just so great and wonderful. These two adorable idiots have just so many great moments. And moments that were totally breaking my heart. And of course Cinder and Erland, I LOVED their scenes cause because of him we just learned so much stuff about Cinder, things she didn't even knew.

 

There are just so many characters that I love. But there are just as many that I hate with the burning passion of a thousand suns. Adri and Pearl. OF COURSE, both of them had to be mean and unbearable. Also Levana HAD TO be this insufferable mean and cruel person. They did well on being the villans LOL

 

And to end this review, because I listened to the audibook. In the beginning I wasn't really sure about the women who read the story but it didn't take me too long to realize that she is actually doing a really great job.

 

Found my review from three years ago http://hoffnungswolke.booklikes.com/post/1451141/wie-monde-so-silbern-cinder

 
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text 2019-01-20 16:01
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Wie Monde so silbern (Luna-Chroniken, #1) - Marissa Meyer

Haven't listened to an audiobook for a while now, so I'm back.
Not feeling the readers voice, but I will adjust LOL

 

 

 
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review 2019-01-15 21:32
Come il chiaro di luna - Piper Vaughn

Contro ogni previsione mi è piaciuto e anche molto. La storia mi ha ricordato una fan fiction (anche se fortunatamente scritta bene e non alla "Wattpad" e company) essendo fin da subito semplice e chiara, Shane il rocker ribelle dei Luck e in crisi mistica con se stesso tra alcool, droga e sesso che durante una collaborazione/tour con un'altra band si prende una sbandata per Kayden, lo sfuggente ed enigmatico leader dei Moonlight che è... ZUM ZUM ZUM... [Jesse il suo ex migliore amico/amante/membro della band cacciato a calci per soldi e fama(hide spoiler)] e questo si capisce fin dal 6% del libro quindi non credo neanche possa definirsi un vero spoiler, fin da subito capiamo chi è chi e tutta la storia è un tira e molla tra il passato con Shane e suoi flashback "drammatici" a mo' di ricordi del Vietnam su Jesse e il loro "amore", sui sensi di colpa da far venire l'ulcera e il presente con momenti random di stalkeraggio a Kayden, che per ovvi motivi si comporta come Elsa di Frozen lanciando battutine avvelenate e sguardi truci. Inutile sottolineare come i due siano innamoratissimi ed attratti da anni ma troppo dorkettini per perdonarsi a vicenda o semplicemente dire ["Ehi, guarda che sono Jesse, Jesse, J-E-S-S-E il tuo ex migliore amico che ti ama da anni! AMAMI!!" (hide spoiler)]tutto si riduce di conseguenza a uno slow burn esasperante e stranamente interessante. Nonostante sapessi perfettamente che i due si sarebbero messi insieme dopo la scoperta e conseguente dramma da soap opera ammetto di essere rimasta incollata al libro come una tredicenne, insultando Shane e sperando fino all'ultimo nella teoria del gemello nascosto, sinceramente... avrei preferito che Kayden fosse il gemello sexy o semplicemente Kayden e che Shane imparasse ad amare di nuovo lasciando andare il passato, mettendosi grazie a Kayden in contatto con l'ex amico e ritornando SOLO suo amico, dimostrando come un nuovo amore possa aiutarci a tagliare con il passato e riprendere in mano la propria vita, il fatto invece che tutto sia un cerchio e si ritorni a "correggere" gli errori del passato e via di happy ending "forzato"... l'ho trovato troppo da cliché e filmetti romantici. Avrei inoltre voluto vedere un po' di più i personaggi secondari, scoprire un po' di più sulla nuova vita di Kayden e vedere una risoluzione dei problemi di coppia meno scontata e più avvincente alla fine infatti è il povero sfigato Kayden che quasi esasperato confessa la verità e Shane che fino all'ultimo capisce quello che vuole capire creandosi cospirazioni che Illuminati, LEVATEVI. Ci sono cliché, frasi fatte, momenti senza senso, personaggi che cambiano da una pagina all'altra ma nonostante tutto mi è piaciuto e mi ha fatto fangirleggiare quindi sento ugualmente di consigliare questo libro. Essendo una lettura leggera è perfetta per tutti quelli che cercano slow burn, fluff, smut e un bel po' di mutual pining (che non fa mai male), non aspettatevi troppe sorprese perchè non le avrete ma... se la semplicità non vi spaventa e cercate una lettura sotto l'ombrellone e con cui staccare la spina per qualche oretta fa al caso vostro in caso contrario... girate al largo che è meglio. Non troverete situazioni incredibili, personaggi approfonditi o momenti intensi e ricchi di significato e la lettura potrebbe deludervi e non poco. 

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